Saudi Arabia and UAE Mark Muslim Brotherhood as the Enemy

What do the Saudis and Emirates know about the Muslim Brotherhood that we don’t?


Things that make you go, “hmmm.”

Stratfor reports, “The UAE and Saudi War on the Muslim Brotherhood Could Be Trouble for the U.S.

The UAE Cabinet approved a list of 83 designated terrorist organizations on Saturday, including al Qaeda and the Islamic State. Much more significant, though, was the inclusion of many Muslim organizations based in the West that are believed to be allied with the Muslim Brotherhood movement. Prominent among them are two American Muslim groups: the Council on American Islamic Relations and the Muslim American Society.

The decision to put two mainstream U.S. Muslim groups on its list of terrorist organizations is part of an initiative, together with the Saudis, to undermine the Islamist movement known as the Muslim Brotherhood. The move is unlikely to succeed, but it could cause problems between the U.S. government and the American Muslim community.

Ever since the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise in the aftermath of the 2011 Arab Spring, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have felt deeply threatened by the Islamist movement. Both countries supported the July 2013 coup that toppled the Brotherhood-led government of Mohammed Morsi in Egypt. They continue to use their financial might to prop up the government of former military chief President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. In addition, they are trying to make sure that the Brotherhood in the region is generally weakened, or even decimated.

Let’s see… what group did one of Barack Obama’s high-ranking officials in the Department of Homeland Security prominently feature in his Twitter feed picture? Oh yeah, that would be… the Muslim Brotherhood, a group even other Muslims now identify as a terrorist organization. Very interesting.

Do the Emirates and Saudis know something that, perhaps, we ought to know and be careful about?